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control. majority leader harry reid says he will move the package of bills when they come back from spring recess next month. it will include back ground checks but not a ban on assault weapons. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies. and what happened to them. and those six teachers and administrators. >> these are john lien on's blood eyeglasses from the day he was murdered. good to see both of you, good morning. let me read to you from the column in the washington post this morning. we all know what's happening here. senate democrats face a tough battle to hold on to their slim majority. i'd love to hear them explain their cal kragss to the parents of newtown. emily, is harry reid's bill essentially a surrender that's based on the political reality of the vote next year? >> i would actually even challenge even at this point harry reid's cal slags that this is a political reality. the reality is the american public is already there. partic
training and new outrage over senator harry reid's remarks and is he playing politics with the giant tragedy? >> late last night, seven of our marines were killed and many others were injured in that explosion during a training exercise in nevada. and mr. president, it's very important that we continue training our military-- one of the things that sequester is cut back in training and maintenance. cut back in training and maintenance, that's the way the sequester was written. it's just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. these men and women our marines training at hawthorne and with the sequester cut this stuff back. and with the sequester it's going to cut this stuff back. i just hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military, they are significant. significant. >> senator reid wasting no time using this military tragedy our nation's tragedy as an opportunity to talk with the the sequester. it's sparking outrage. senator reid disgusted by your attempt to politicize the seven deaths in nevada, if you possesse
is not sufficient. i believe the most important thing that senator harry reid just do is go over to the marine barracks and stand before a formation of marines and truly give an apology for what he said on the senate floor because for him to try to draw a connection between sequestration, budget cuts and what happened, we don't need anyone politicizing this event. in may of 2012 he had a totally different stance in a political article. but greta, i received countless amounts of e-mails from the regiment of retired marines and i'd just like to take the time to read one of those statements from a very senior retired marine officer, when he said the majority leader of the senate, a position which calls for the utmost and principled set of behavior, statesmanship, dignity and decorum not to mention intellect and common sense stoops to such callo political statements as those uttered by senator reid-- that would include his fellow senators, constituents, all americans especially those who have made and repeatedly honor a commitment to serve in harm's way when he required. now, i was an officer for
the democratic leader in the senate, senator harry reid. following two days of angry response from california senator dianne feinstein, she had been very publicly disappointed and angry harry reid was not going move her assault weapons ban to the senate floor as part of the democrats gun reform package. after two days of defiant reaction from senator dianne feinstein and supporters of gun reform and vice president biden made an appearance with mayor michael bloomberg demanding the assault weapons ban gets a vote and neither he or the president will rest until these measures are pursued, tonight, senator harry reid responded saying i will ensure a ban on assault weapons and limits on high capacity magazines receive votes. he also announced he would start the process of moving gun reform legislation to the floor of the senate as of tonight. the exact contours of the bill are still uncertain, including the question of what's going to end up in the base bill and acted on in the form of amendments and when the actual voting will begin given he started the process tonight. the statement from harry
to the democrats first budget resolution since 2009. and senate majority leader, harry reid, has guaranteed that universal background checks will be part of a final gun control package. they'll begin debating that when they return from their easter recess. joining me is "washington post" national political correspondent and my colleague, karen tumelty and john morris. my mentor. harry reid focusing on the positive in some way said that this universal background checks will in the bill. what he didn't say is that high capacity magazines, banning those, and the assault weapons ban will not be, they'll be offered as amendments, what does this say about how much the political climate, if at all has changed as it ties to guns, karen, since what happened in newtown, connecticut late last year. >> well harry reid says he's basically counting the votes here. there are not the 60 votes it would take to overcome a filibuster on the tougher measures, i think also that he is looking at the fact that he has some democratic seats up for re-election in 2014. and in 2014. and in some states that it's going
leader harry reid has decided to remove the assault weapons ban from a larger reform package. it will, instead, be voted on as an amendment. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live now. mike, what happened? why did the majority leader decide that 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines did not deserve to be a part of a broader bill to ensure that tragedies like that in aurora, in newtown, connecticut, never happen again? what's happened? >> reporter: well, you know, harry reid was faced with a very fundamental question, martin. he could put on what is essentially an unpopular measure, dianne feinstein notwithstanding, and that's a renewal of the assault weapons ban. he could put it on that base bill and have it bring down the entire bill. under that circumstances, by harry reid's estimation, it has fewer, martin, fewer than 40 votes in support in the united states senate. you can't blame it all on ted cruz and his compatriots on the republican side. there are several democrats who don't favor a renewal of the assault weapons ban. you need 60 votes. harry reid tol
. >>> democratic majority leader harry reid's decision to not let the assault weapons ban go to the floor for the floor angered dianne feinstein, who is not giving up. >> this is very important to me. i'm not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. >>> joining me now for more on that, and all the other political news, for our daily fix, chris cillizza, and susan page. hi to both of you. while i'm away, you let the assault weapons ban die, practically, at least harry reid says he's not going to let it go forward. susan, his calculus is that it didn't have the votes and he wanted to have something passed. that's good tactics in terms of the senate, but isn't it surrendering to the nra? >> well, it's a cold calculation. what can get through the senate, the straw purchasing provision my biblt get through the senate. it's possible that university background checks, to gun shows and other venues might get through, but there was no way an assault weapons ban was going to get through this senate
, to guns. the news of the day is that harry reid is saying that background checks are going to be in the bill that they sent to the senate, chuck schumer's version of that. vice president was in new york, at city hall with michael bloomberg. let's listen to them in new york and we can talk about that. >> it has been 97 days since newtown. in that time, we estimate that more than 3,000 americans have been murdered with guns. if congress does nothing another 12,000 people will be murdered with guns this year alone. >> there's not one single thing being proposed, not one not one, not one that infringes bonn anyone's second amendment constitutional rights. michael: sounds like there's not one single thing that is going to infringe on american's rights. there is not going to be an assault weapons ban as part of that bill. why is that and do you think this bill with background checks is going to be able to pass the senate? >> it's going to be a tough sell. liberals are going to be disappointed in the final product of the guns bill. harry reid did not put the assault weapons ban in
ban stripped out of the broader senate bill, harry reid has taken some flak for that. joe biden yesterday, the vice president of the united states who has taken a lead role on this, on npr talking about the assault weapons ban and whether or not it is doomed. let's play that and we'll talk about it. >> we are still pushing that it pass. the same thing was told to me when the first assault weapons ban in 'now was attached to the biden crime bill, that it couldn't possibly pass. last time we passed it we only had seven republican votes in 1994. >> but he doesn't have the democrats. >> well, again, i just -- i've never found it makes any sense to support something and declare there's no possibility of it passing. >> okay. it still seems very unlikely to pass. harry reid on the floor two days ago saying there are 40 votes and they need 60. but there is a disconnect on gun legislation in general between congress and the american public. you pointed this out to me and i wanted to note it. quinnipiac poll of florida voters, support for gun safety measures, 91%, 91%. 91% of people don't
gun violence. >> michael: i was so frustrated last week in harry reid for not bringing it to a vote just because it would be great to get some of the republicans and frankly democrats on the record. today a white house spokesman said the assault weapons ban will eventually come to a vote. john, do you believe it? >> if it comes to a vote maybe that will be in the next congress in 2014 and that will be another 60,000 dead americans from now. the democrats aren't a lot better on this issue. harry reid withdrew the assault weapon bill from a vote because he didn't want his democrats to take, quote, a hard vote on guns, because his democrats in red states and more rural areas consider a background check for criminals to be a hard vote never mind military-style weapons. >> michael: and those democrats that bloomberg is argue getting -- targeting, do you think they can be brought over? >> i absolutely think there's hope of bringing them over if the american people stand up for their rights. their rights to live safely in their homes and in their schools and in their
safety. harry reid will bring the senate's proposal to the floor and include votes on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. yesterday, new york city mayor mike bloomberg optimistic about the vote during an appearance on "meet the press." >> we are going to have a vote, for sure, on assault weapons and we are going to have a vote on background checks and if we were to get background checks only, it wouldn't be as good as if we got both, but look. we demanded a plan and then we demanded a vote. we have got the plan and we are going to get the vote. >> the mayor announced a new $12 million ad campaign that will challenge senators in 13 states from arizona to pennsylvania to back gun control legislation. >> for me, guns are for hunting and protecting my family. i believe in the second amendment and i'll fight to protect it. but with rights, come responsibilities. that's why i support xren hencive background so the criminals and mentally dangerously ill can't get guns and that protects my rights and family. >> he's going to find out this is a country of the people by the people and
. zero heartburn. >>> just over three months since the newtown, connecticut massacre. harry reid formally introduced a gun bill he says will be debated when lawmakers return from two week recess. joining us to talk about that and moore, cnn's chief political analyst, gloria borger and senior analyst, ron bronstein, national journal editorial director. thanks for coming in. dianne feinstein said she is not very happy that apparently the assault weapons ban would be submitted as amendment as opposed to part of the bill. >> this is very important to me. i am not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation, not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of trust as i would see it. >> she will get a vote as an amendment, but it won't be part of a comprehensive bill, and it is almost certainly going to die. >> right. and i think that's not a surprise to a lot of people. and normally people say let's blame the republican party for that. the truth of the matter is that there are a handful of
. harry reid on the senate floor decided not to allow votes to do that. bill: we'll see whether or not they pick and choose real soon. senator kelly ayotte out of new hampshire has a big voice if this. we'll talk to her about the efforts to cut wasteful spending in programs she says should go. that is coming up shortly. martha: we have brand new fox polls out this morning about budget and taxes. look at numbers. people were asked what bugs you the most when paying your taxes? the list is so long. how could you think about what bothers you most. number one, 43% the way the government spends their money, 43% is what really bugs them the most. 38% goes to one of the president's biggest talking points during the campaign. people say they don't think some folks pay their fair share. goes on from there. the tax forms and amount you pay which is always bothersome. what do you think? bill: i think i need more options than just four there. the other thing that showed up in the fox polling how significant the debt was and how people are reflecting that. we'll talk about that later. martha
-bye. [laughter] jon: and we begin with brand new stories and breaking news. senate majority leader harry reid getting tough in the gun debate. the controversial bill he is introducing on the senate floor and the fight that lies ahead. >>> also new threats from iran's supreme leader against two major cities as president obama wraps up a three-day visit to the middle east. >>> plus, a man accused of murdering his social lite wife pulls a stunt and gets his trial delayed. we'll tell you about it, it's all "happening now." ♪ jon: well, president obama is on the final day of his trip to israel in the middle east. air force one just landed in jordan where the president is about to meet with king ab abdullah, one of america's closest arab allies. welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now," i'm jon scott. uma: and i'm uma. on the agenda today will be the huge influx of refugees into jordan from syria's civil war, and king abdullah has voiced fears islamic terrorists could create a base in his country. meanwhile, president obama spending his last day in israel paying his respects at two memorial
'm sure they probably all went to reid and said, please harry, don't make us do this. don't make us do this. >> michael: right. >> if those five or six had stood together and had met and said you know what we're going to stand together and take them on, and stand together or fall apart as the old phrase goes and i bet if they had stood together democrats would be em-boldened and i bet they would find incredible support even in their states for being brave. >> michael: i totally agree with you. i could not agree more. let's move to the other side of the aisle and listen to boy wonder, reince priebus today. >> we're not losing the issues on the math. we're not losing the issues on spending and debt, and jobs and the economy. those are total winners for us. >> michael: i am speechless. michael what is your reaction to that? >> that's crazy. poll after after poll after poll after poll comes out and show that the majority of the american people want x to happen, and as soon as you read that poll, that's nice i'm glad the american people think that but it's never going to
-message with one another. >> i don't think they are. and told harry reid to bleep himself and i don't know if that's a charm offensive. >> and set a private meeting at a moment of negotiation where he couldn't get to first base with democrats, who called him to a meeting. he came there in good faith to get negotiations started and basically told it's our way or the highway. >> megyn: let me ask you, here is what joe biden is saying exactly the opposite is happening with republicans and this is a bit of news made as he made these attacks. he said this is a quote according to the "the hill", there is nobody you can sit across the table from and shake hands and make a deal with, noting five occasions in which house leaders reneged on agreements hours after shaking hands. calling him to say, quote, what we agreed to, joe, we cannot do. that's news. what are the five occasions? when did that happen? and we heard john boehner be very public about what he said the president did to him, that's his claim, but we have yet to hear the details of these five times. >> no, there aren't ever any details out of t
. >> i got to say sadly what they also brought us as harry reid as the major leader continuing in the senate. if you looked at the nevada race, sharon engel and richard murdoch in indiana and i forget the name, the witch in delaware. >> chris: kristine o'donnell. >> thank you. we could have functional control of the united states senate. >> chris: there were a lot of establishment republican candidates who went down in the last the election, too. >> went down from the standpoint that they lost to democrats unlike some of these mr. murdoch for instance. we are supposed to wonder chris richard murdoch, indiana. >> why we don't have the women's vote when we have a candidate suggesting that a child born as a result of rape is a gift from god. i'm not wondering why we don't have more women voting for republicans. >> chris: let me ask you about that. karl rove called the conservative victory project to try to get into the the primaries to make sure there are more electable republicans. congressman you are about to start your own super pac to promote electable candidates in republican
harry reid of nevada was on the senate floor hours after the accident. it happened in his home state of nevada. he used it as an example of how sequestration, those budget cuts, will harm military readiness. >> just not appropriate, mr. president, that our military can't train and do the maintenance necessary. these men and women are marines who were training there in hawthorne, and with the sequester it's going to cut this stuff back. i hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military. they are significant. reporter: there are reports there's been a worldwide ban on using these 60-millimeter mortars while the investigation take place. but marine officials tell us they're not aware of such ban at this time. >> shepard: jennifer, thanks. the syrian regime that lied about the torture of its people, today made the claim that the rebel fighters launched a deadly chemical weapons attack. it is said the rebels used a chemical agent that killed dozen0s people and wounded dozens more. state media claims this video shows some of the victims. we can't confirm. but russia, the syri
. >> shepard: the majority leader harry reid says the senate will include expanded background checks for almost all gun sales. he says the assault weapons ban does not have enough votes to pass. lots of republicans oppose the ban and background checks saying they will punish only law abiding gun owners. new york state is changing its new assault weapons ban before it even takes effect. that law bans magazines that hold more than seven rounds of ammunition. the problem is seven round magazines don't exist. starting next month you will still be able to buy 10 round magazines in new york state. it will be illegal to load more than seven rounds at a time. no word on how they will enforce that hours ago in the ancient and holy stipulate of jerusalem president obama stood before the israeli people and made a strong and direct peace. he called for two state solution. told the israelis to put themselves in the palestinians who want to land a call of their own. he says if the israelis want peace they must not only demand of their politicians but work towards it themselves. the president spoke after a tr
. senate majority leader harry reid has announced that he will in the main gun bill headed to the senate floor include safety bill that requires background check for all gun buyers, make gun trafficking a federal crime, and help schools upgrade their security. those are all key proposals that are long overdue, especially the background checks. that's key. but some critical measures have been left out. the assault weapons ban, limit on high-capacity imagimagazines new mental health bills have all been dropped. though they still get voted on as amendments, they won't be in the main bill. when those votes come, we'll need our lawmakers to do the right thing and show political courage. that's what vice president's message was today when he appeared with new york mayor michael bloomberg and relatives of newtown, connecticut. at one point, he spoke directly to the parents of a teacher who lost her life trying to protect her students. >> think about newtown. think about newtown. think about how many of these children or teachers may be alive today had he had to reload three times as many times
a spending problem for the president to say there is really no great urgency to balancing the budget or harry reid saying there is no rush too deal with entitlements this year. but for house democrat to double down on spending stupid by pushing more stupid spending, well, you got to wonder. but this is true, they want more stimulus about $200 million more, who can blame them, clearly none of their leaders are trying to stop them or remotely discourage them. and members of pear are not block -- of their party are not exactly blocking them. i don't think their intention was to encourage this. they run for a immediate nicotine spending rush any time they can get it, they d got it,n them for pushing it, it on us if we allow it david walker said stimulus is not the solution, he is so sick of watching washington dance around this issue. he alone withlice rivlin, head vice chair making this video to sort of get the message to young and older americans alike, the can kicks back. but you know we're just, still kicking the can, what is going on. >> it would be nice if we had a presidential budget, the
to organize 309 million of us into one efficient unit. >> i speak for many when i say thank god for harry reid stopped bush's plan to privatize social security. so you wanted to turn her grandmother's retirement to lehman brothers, bear stearns? int is the people who were charge. social security has been around for 75 years and has never missed a check. thank god for social security. as for "obamacare," call your mother, father, ask them if like being on medicare. they love it. yes. and yet medicare only has 5000 employees. private insurance has hundreds of thousands of employees. inernment, more efficient health insurance. more effective, lower overhead, better outcomes, lower prices. the only change i want to make is change the eligibility age to birth. let's all get on medicare, then we will have a real system. >> i will not answer that, but i would love to all on. have you been to the dmv lately? yes. house of service. >> when secretary of state hillary clinton appeared for the senate hearing on benghazi, here is what she said about the cause of the riot -- [video clip] >> what difference
of the important issues and don't have any backbone. that was proven this week, when harry reid said no jno jno, i don't think dianne feinstein has enough votes, so we're not even going to schedule a vote on the assault weapon's ban. what nonsense. how do you know you don't have enough votes unless you first take a vote? this is what the american people want. they want the ban on assault weapons, too bad harry reid won't go along. all we see these days from congress is a lot of cowering. [♪ theme music ♪] >> hal: so here we are in day four of me filling in -- hal sparks, hi how are you? some people know me as as @halsparks. i think you actually have -- your home is now so socially media based, where you can go i'm from wisconsin, but i consider facebook my hometown. >> that's true. you live on facebook twitter, google plus -- >> hal: i'm a big plan of google plus. i have facebook up almost as a mechanical thing it's almost like the dmv of social media. like you have to register with them. but jacki schechner is on there, so if you have a news story that you think she should c
? >> yeah, and i think the defeatest reaction to harry reid's move yesterday on saying that the assault weapons would be an amendment rather than part of the base package is wrong for a couple of reasons. one is we will get a skroet on assault weapons as an amendment. secondly, it's important to keep in mind the long view here. we're at the beginning of a process, not the end of the process. we are seeing, as david pointed out, not just in colorado but elsewhere, change in public opinion here. public opinion has clearly shifted on the side of sensible gun regulations along the lines we've been talking about, feinstein's proposal and others. what david is pointing out, what you are seeing is similar to the anti-tobacco debate and apartheid debate where congress and washington were the lagging indicators of public opinion so you saw a lot of action happening in the states. colorado is not just the only place, a number of there states are thinking object taking action. it's a much, much better indicator of how quickly public opinion is shifting on something. i think you will see movement i
coming from capitol hill. harry reid admitted he didn't have the votes from republicans or democrats to include dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban and a larger gun reform package to be voted on in early april. but bloomberg isn't calling that a win for the nra. >> i don't know that that reflects the nra's power. we've got to go out, we've got a lot of work ahead of us. but i don't think we should give up on the assault weapons ban. but clearly, it is a more difficult issue for a lot of people. >>> in the meantime, the nra knows know bounds in its battle to make sure nothing is done to reform the nation's gun laws, including making robo calls to the residents of newtown, connecticut, urging them to oppose gun safety legislation. joining me now are james carville, democratic strategist, political consultant, and author of, "it's the middle class, stupid!" and howard dean, former vermont governor and former dnc chairman. james, i want to go to you first, sequestered as you are down there in a red state. how hard is it going to be for red state democrats to come out in support of any
investigation now. moments ago the senator from nevada, majority leader harry reid, tald about the explosion on the senate floor. >> my thoughts are with those who are injured and, of course, the families of those who lost loved ones. and marines all over the world are now focusing on the loss of their fellow marines. they're grieving this loss. jon: we will have much more on this developing story with a live report from the pentagon later on "happening now." ♪ jon: brand new developments on immigration reform as a rising republican star outlines a new plan. good morning, i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. senator rand paul making some headlines today, now supporting a pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 31 million illegals -- 11 million illegals. it's a significant policy move, but the possible 2016 white house candidate also makes it clear that his plan does come with conditions. >> if you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in america, then we will find a place for you. in order to bring conservatives to this cause, however, those who work for refor
its two-week break. harry reid put a new package on the calendar. we're back after the break. stay with us. ♪ >> if you believe in state's rights but still support the drug war you must be high. >> "viewpoint" digs deep into the issues of the day. >> do you think that there is any chance we'll see this president even say the words "carbon tax"? >> with an open mind... >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> ...and a distinctly satirical point of view. >> but you mentioned "great leadership" so i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. >> (laughter). >> watch the show. >> only on current tv. >> hal: hello, jacki schechner is here giving a era of legitimacy as tony and i are here making at it head bangers ball. >> it ups my cool points. >> hal: you got a quick lesson in metal this week but also there was a little bit of a twitter lesson. >> it's a misunderstanding. >> hal: okay. what is the problem. >> when you retweet something, it pops up with an rt in front of it for retweet. when i retweet something it just retweets it and has the little circle that s
. >> stephanie: kind of out there courage from harry reid that we're used to. >> i hope i haven't offended anyone by my sort of support for some kind of legislation. >> stephanie: all right. rude to end -- not a fessive note at all. hal and jacki talked about the iraq war. it is amazing when you think of -- we think we know the horror of it. you pointed out the birth defects we caused in iraq which is -- along with other things. you say iraq is now a divide country with a pittyless regime. it uses rape, torture and execution to punish enemies. place where they haven't gotten the electrical grid back to where it was before the war. at least saddam hussein isn't running the joint right? we still haven't discussed birth defects and cancer and the depleted uranium. >> right. the use of -- i think the estimate was in the course of the war something like eight billion depleted uranium bullets were used and that's not getting into the other munitions. and especially in places like fallujah and basra where the bigger battles took place. what that's left behind. the way in which that causes birth defects
agree with my colleague senator harry reid and qusseir to describe the state of our country and the state of our national defense and the challenges we face around the world right now. it's a very difficult time and a dangerous time around the world. thatf the first challenges we face and one of the greatest national security threats that march of irane toward obtaining a nuclear weapon. i find myself, in reviewing senator heard chuck hagel's record and what he said when he appeared before us in a very lengthy hearing before the committee, to be very much at odds with him on this issue and also on some of his prior positions at odds with members of both sides of the aisle. host: merideth shiner, what about her role in the nomination of chuck hagel? you see her out front on the issue and on what happens in benghazi, the attacks on the embassy? guest: this is something you saw -- i don't using as know what to college. they have been very vocal on the issue, whether it was benghazi or the nomination of chuck hagel, which eventually passed, but not without some consternation. it
, what harry reid said. we know it's true because we've been reporting on this show really since the gun debate reignited after newtown that it's not just because republicans oppose it. it's also because of democrats, particularly in the senate. in fact, if you look at, we have a set of compiled -- some faces and names of democratic senators. if you look there's about a dozen. these are senators who have either outright said, no way to assault weapons ban, or those who run from us in the hallway when we try to ask or somewhere in between. the reason is most of them come from states where they're the whole concept of gun rights runs very wide and very deep. it would be cultural heresy many of them think to ban any kind of gun and to vote for that. the senators here may support other gun control like background checks or limiting high capacity ammunition clips, even trafficking, and so the thinking and it really has been all along, is that if they put the assault weapons ban in this broad gun control package, then the whole thing will go down whereas if they take it out, and put it as an a
senate for three years never took up a budget. the president's budget was never presented by harry reid. the republicans agreed to the president's budget in the senate so it could be voted on, and the vote was zero for the president's budget two years in a row. to say republicans are not for something -- republicans are presenting a plan of government and the democrats are saying let's leave everything on automatic pilot. what the news media may cover remains to be seen -- >> gentle nudge. if you're looking for ideas from either party, they are readily available in terms of covering it every day. i see each party lay out its vision on each topic. the question of what breaks through is different, but it is there for people who want to dive in and get a greater idea of what the parties want to say. another question. >> in the next general election, the leading democratic candidates will be 70 years and older. is chris christie to heavy to be heavy? -- too heavy to be president? >> age and weight in one question. >> no, i do not think he is too heavy. he is the most popular republican gove
? >> harry reid put the gun restriction measure up on the floor yesterday. he took out the assaults weapon's ban, and that will be an amendment. but it had universal background checks in it, and so that's moving forward. they have to get the immigration bill before august. if they don't pass this bill by july all of these guys have to go back to their districts. we know in august what those townhall rallies are like. they have do it before then. >> bill: you are right i have seen legislation on gun safety and immigration there is a lot -- on climate change? >> not so much. i don't think that's a big priority as far as something that is going to happen as assuredly as immigration or a gun-safety bill. >> i think the immigration issue is a really fascinating one because we're starting to see rush limbaugh that lou dobbs were the amnesty that destroyed the immigration debate in 2007. and rand paul has gotten caught up on this issue on amnesty and being attacked by the great rush limbaugh. >> bill: the republicans a lot billed by talk radio that pulled the plug on george bu
leader harry reid hopes to complete work on the government funding and then move on to the next fiscal year and get a resolution for 2014 approved by the end of the week before their upcoming spring recess. live coverage of the house over on our companion network, c-span, and the senate right here on c-span2. we'll be live with senator levin at 12:30, but until then here's a conversation with grover norquist. he's the president of americans for tax reform, and he met with us on this morning's "washington journal." >> host: and welcome back to the "washington journal." grover norquist, president and founder of the group americans for tax reform, joins us now. first want to get your thoughts on the news of the day, this new growth and opportunities project report out from the republican national committee. the chairman of the republican national committee is having a press conference that's started just a few minutes ago at the national press club talking about changes that the party needs to make in terms of outreach, changes to how to nominate a presidential nominee. your take on what
. and the senate's also in at 2 p.m. eastern, majority leader harry reid hoping to complete work on that continuing resolution and then move on to the 2014 budge and get it approved by the end of the week before the easter recess. live coverage of the house, as usual, on c-span and the senate on c-span2. earlier today here in washington republican national committee chair reince priebus announced the findings of a new report aimed at overhauling the republican party after losing the 2012 presidential election. the report, titled "the growth and opportunity project," includes 219 recommendations such as holding its national convention earlier than august in 2016 and modernizing the party's digital infrastructure. here's some of what he had totil say. >> in 2008 and 2012, the debates multiplied and were out of the control of the rnc. the cycle, this cycle, excuse me, there were 20 total debates. the first eight months before the iowa caucuses.. the report contrasts this with 1980 where there were six debates and 1988, there were 1 seven. i agree with the co-chairs whenw they say debates are vital to
overwhelmingly with republican support and opposition on our it was suggested to harry reid that that might be one way to get off the lack of action on making sure america pays its bills. the only reason i interrupt the gentlelady, i think it's important to understand your cut, cap, and balance passed before that suggestion was made included sequester as the fall back if we didn't reach the numbers. i think if it's the president's -- it's the president's via cut, cap, an balance which your side of the aisle passed and sent to the senate as presumably good policy. i thank the gentlelady for yielding, she was kind to do that. mrs. miller: i thank the gentleman for pointing out the sequencing of the sequester, the president's sequester, and i still say with the president's sequester, what's going to happen with this vote is a vivid nonstration of who is actually committed to doing more with less. my colleague, the gentleman, the minority whip, had also given a sort of historical lesson of various things under, in his observation of the way things had gone earlier on and i would point something
seniors and future generations. while in the senate harry reid and patty murray are considering a budget that never balances. it increases taxes by $1 trillion and let's medicare and social security race towards bankruptcy. and it turns medicare into a program that rations benefits to seniors. make no mistake, washington is approaching $17 trillion of debt and more than 12 million americans are unable to find work. the decisions we make will either sink us deeper into debt or put us on a path that encourages job creation and restores the belief that if we work hard and make tough choices, our kids will inherit a stronger country. mr. speaker, the choice is clear. if hoosier families balanced their budgets, washington doesn't have an excuse. it's time the president and the senate offer real solutions for hardworking hoosier families. i commend chairman ryan and the house budget committee for their hard work and i urge my colleagues to support the resolution. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. chairman. i n
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